Computer-maker Acer Incorporated is recalling about 27,000 laptop batteries. It's the latest company to warn of faulty Sony-made lithium-ion batteries that could overheat and cause a fire.
More than ten million notebook batteries have been recalled worldwide since the problem was traced to Sony last year. Other major computer makers, including Dell, Lenovo and Apple have also issued similar recalls.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has logged dozens of
reports of lithium-ion batteries overheating. Acer says none of the
known incidents involved its laptop models, but that it's going ahead with a recall.
The affected Acer models were sold in the U.S. and Canada from
May 2004 through November 2006. Acer says consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries and contact the company for a free battery replacement. Acer says the laptops can still be safely used if powered by the A-C adapter.
The laptops possibly containing the recalled batteries were the
TravelMate series with four-digit model numbers beginning with 242,
320, 321, 330, 422, 467, 561, C20, and the Aspire series beginning
with model numbers 556, 560, 567, 930, 941, 980.